Vadakari

Vadakari

-+*Desi’s the kind of guy who usually just eats whatever I cook, but sometimes — to my delight– he will come up with a special request. Usually it’s a taste from his childhood in Madras. This past weekend it was a request for Vadakari (also sometimes called Vada Kari or Vadai Curry), a spicy dish…

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Mushroom Chettinad

Spicy Mushroom Chettinad

-+*Chettinad, a region in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, brims over with opulent wealth, beautiful temples, and fiery cuisine that can make your eyes, nose, and mouth water simultaneously. And if you think that sounds like most Indian food, you’ve got another think coming Chettinad cuisine and its unique fieriness come from a…

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Aval Upma

-+*Aval Upma is the Tamil cousin of Maharashtra’s celebrated Kande Pohe, and it makes for some delicious tea-time tiffin (as South Indians call their snacks) or a hearty breakfast. The base of the Aval Upma is aval which is nothing but flattened grains of rice that cook up in no time at all. In fact, it…

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Thayir Vadai (Dahi Vada)

-+*I’ll begin my post on Thayir Vadai or Dahi Vada, a crisp, airy, golden lentil dumpling dunked into a creamy, tangy-sweet, yogurt-based sauce, by wading smack-dab into the squabble over tofu or, more generally, soy products. I don’t cook very often with tofu (perhaps once a month, if that), and the only soy I consume…

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Stir-Fry Veggie Sambar for Chalks and Chopsticks

-+*Home, Or Something Like It The Roommates liked to eat– Indian food, exactly as mom had made it– and that’s why they decided it was time they learned how to cook. It was their first semester at grad school and they had more time than they could gossip, hang out, and study, in that order….

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Pattypan Kootu

-+*My friend Patty came home for dinner over the Fourth of July weekend, and I thought I’d have some pun fun by making her a Pattypan Kootu with veggies straight from my yard. This spring, I picked up the plant at my local nursery simply because I got a kick out of the pictures of aliens…

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Coconut Quinoa

-+*A quick post today on Coconut Quinoa, a delicious option for those hurried weeknights. Coconut Rice is one of Tamil Nadu’s most delectable dishes, and one I was introduced to when I married a Tamilian. Tamilians love their rice dishes, and with good reason: Coconut Rice, Tomato Rice, Tamarind Rice, Brinjal (Eggplant Rice), Sesame-Seed Rice,…

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Healthy dosa recipe

Bean and Oats Dosa

-+*Making dosas healthier or tastier is a bit like trying to gild a lily. Dosas are traditionally made with rice and lentils which are both terrifically healthy foods packed with fiber and protein, and you can just make a traditional dosa recipe healthier by making it with brown rice, as I usually do. But sometimes…

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Pongal

Pongalo Pongal!

-+*A very happy Pongal to the south Indian readers of Holy Cow! The word Pongal literally describes an overflowing, boiling pot of rice. Figuratively, it signifies prosperity and is a time to give thanks for everything you’re blessed with– an Indian Thanksgiving, so to say. And what better way to celebrate prosperity than with delicious…

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Thayirsaadam

Thayir Sadam or Curd Rice

-+*Some of you might wonder why curd-rice should merit a post of its own, but to understand that, to misquote Atticus Finch, you’d have to wear a South Indian’s shoes and walk around in them. Curd, or yogurt, and more specifically curd-rice, is mighty important stuff to a South Indian. When my in-laws visit, they…

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Cabbage Paruppu Usili

Cabbage Paruppu Usili and 10 (More) Honest Things About Me

-+*If you’re Tamil or if you have read this blog for any length of time, you know all about Paruppu Usili, the side dish that makes healthy eating both decadent and delicious. But if this is the first time you’ve heard about it, trust me, you’re in for a treat. There’s really no way you…

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Ribbon Pakoda

-+*When life piles two feet of snow at my door…I cook up a storm. This weekend, DC is buried under the second mega snowstorm of the season which, to understate the matter, is highly unusual. Typically we are overjoyed to get five or six inches of snow (if that) three or four times each winter. We take pictures of…

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Brown Rice Dosa

Brown Rice Dosa

-+*Here’s a recipe for the ultimate Brown Rice Dosa. Most South Indian cooks have a pot full of dosa batter sitting in their refrigerators which they can pull out at any time to make a quick and nutritious breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner. Dosas cook pretty quickly on the skillet so in no time at…

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Rava Upma

Rava Upma

-+*  I’ve been writing this blog so long now that I sometimes just can’t remember off-hand which recipes I’ve shared with you. Yesterday, as I made rava upma, one of my favorite breakfast — and sometimes lunch– options, I was a little stunned to realize that I had never gotten around to posting it. Likely…

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